The Furnishings for the Temple 4 1 Solomon had a bronze altar made that was 30 feet square and 15 feet high. 2He also gave orders to make a large metal bowl called the Sea. It was 15 feet across, about seven and a half feet deep, and 45 feet around. 3Its outer edge was decorated with two rows of carvings of bulls, ten bulls to about every 18 inches, all made from the same piece of metal as the bowl. 4The bowl itself sat on top of twelve bronze bulls, with three bulls facing outward in each of four directions. 5The sides of the bowl were 4 inches thick, and its rim was in the shape of a cup that curved outward like flower petals. The bowl held about 15,000 gallons. 6 He also made ten small bowls and put five on each side of the large bowl. The small bowls were used to wash the animals that were burned on the altar as sacrifices, and the priests used the water in the large bowl to wash their hands. 7 Ten gold lampstands were also made according to the plans. Solomon placed these lampstands inside the temple, five on each side of the main room. 8 He also made ten tables and placed them in the main room, five on each side. And he made 100 small gold sprinkling bowls. 9Solomon gave orders to build two courtyards: a smaller one that only priests could use and a larger one. The doors to these courtyards were covered with bronze. 10The large bowl called the Sea was placed near the southeast corner of the temple. 11Huram made shovels, sprinkling bowls, and pans for hot ashes. Here is a list of the other furnishings he made for God's temple: 12two columns, two bowl-shaped caps for the tops of these columns, two chain designs on the caps, 13400 pomegranates[P] in two rows for the chain designs, 14the stands and the small bowls, 15the large bowl and the twelve bulls that held it up, 16pans for hot ashes, as well as shovels and meat forks. Huram made all these things out of polished bronze 17by pouring melted bronze into the clay molds he had set up near the Jordan River, between Succoth and Zeredah. 18There were so many bronze furnishings that no one ever knew how much bronze it took to make them. 19Solomon also gave orders to make the following temple furnishings out of gold: the altar, the tables that held the sacred loaves of bread,[Q] 20the lampstands and the lamps that burned in front of the most holy place, 21flower designs, lamps and tongs, 22lamp snuffers, small sprinkling bowls, ladles, fire pans, and the doors to the most holy place and the main room of the temple.
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